Hi guys. Sorry it's been so long. Hope you are back in the water despite this horrible virus.
I know the subject of speed of MacGregors has been flogged to death regarding power but my question is regarding sailing speeds:
As some of you will know we had a bit of an adventure last year and covered a lot of ground/water around the south coast. Needless to say, making good ground to the next safe harbour became important to our progress. I became somewhat frustrated with my boat speed at times. Now, I sailed nearly 600NM last year but that doesn't mean I'm any good at it so I'm happy to accept that my lack of go may be down to lousy technique but in my defence, all tell-tales we're doing as they should and sail shapes looked fine. The rig on my boat is not entirely standard and this is also under scrutiny at the moment. Before I spend a fortune and a great deal of time attempting to squeeze an extra knot out of the old girl, I want to know I'm not wasting my time. I've never really heard anyone complain about boat speed under sail so my question is this:
In say, 10-12 mph wind with full sail (I have a jib on the pointy end) what speed would other Mac owners expect to achieve on a braid reach, beam and close hauled?
Thanks in advance,